In June, I joined a small team to visit the home church of Pastor Dody and his family in Surabaya. Pastor Dody was commissioned by our church to lead the FGA Surabaya church plant since 2016. Our purpose for that trip was to help educate and equip the youth attendees of this church with knowledge about God and the Bible, through the Alpha curriculum. These sessions with the youth spanned over 4 nights.
Upon meeting these young people, I was blown away with their wealth of questions about the faith. Most of them had grown up in Christian homes but never really had a personal relationship with God. They are not very different from the youth we know back at home, though – they are smart, well-educated, and career-driven.
During the sessions, our team and Pastor Dody answered as many questions as possible about the faith, who God is, why they should read the Bible as their source for the truth of God’s Word, and why being in a church community is important. We also prayed and worshipped with them – they have such beautiful Indonesian worship songs!
Pastor Dody has done such a great job in being well-versed in Bible knowledge, as well as a deep understanding for the political and religious climate in Indonesia. With what he has, along with his fire for God and to make disciples, he has led this group of young people very well.
However, I believe that they will be further blessed by the guiding examples of other God-fearing, Christ-following young people around them. Though I don’t feel that I came with much to offer on this trip, I did share a bit of my personal testimonies with them over 2 evenings, and I felt prompted by the Spirit that my experiences and God-given lessons from my youth would touch these young people in a special way.
As such, I would encourage more young people (youth and young adults with the age range between 18-35) to join the next Surabaya mission trips on 18-22 August, or 20-24 October. “Let no one look down on [you because of] your youth, but be an example and set a pattern for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in [moral] purity.” 1 Tim 4:12 – Your connection and friendship will be a blessing to them in itself, and plant the seeds for faith to arise amongst that young, intellectual and vivacious community. You are marked to magnify His goodness!
FGA Surabaya is a part of our FGA family, and we can do our part to support and grow our extended family. Hope to see you in August!
Watch the Instagram Stories compilation of the Surabaya Mission Trip here.